2 miles
1,457 ft
-628 ft
4,672 ft
High Point


  • Riding area
    Castle Mountain
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
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    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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A hike that takes you to the minehead and tunnels of the old #9 mine. 1-2 hours to get to the top.

This mine closed in January of 1958 when Crows Nest Pass Coal Company ceased operations at the Elk River Colliery. 284 men lost their jobs in the three mines along Coal Creek due to declining coal markets and the company’s decision to continue with the Michel Colliery instead. The company had carried out large-scale coal mining along Coal Creek since 1897.

At the site you can see the old tunnels (blocked by cave-ins) that were driven into #9 seam and ruins of the ventilation fans, electric hoist and retarding conveyor buildings that hauled coal out of the mine and to the preparation plant down the mountainside.

In 1950 the #9 mine purchased the first underground diesel locomotive (100 hp) to be used in any mine in British Columbia.

This contributed to hauling coal from the mine that was producing 500 tons per day with 104 men. Severe geological complications restricted development and mining was reduced to extracting coal pillars and was nearing completion in 1957.

Safety note: You are in bear country, so bear spray is advised.

Access Info

Head about 7 km up Coal Creek Road, past the rifle range, taking the right fork across the Coal Creek Bridge and go another 1.3 km to the #9 Mine Road. This road can be driven for about 1 km with a truck but then narrows to a single-track.

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More Stats for Elk River Colliery #9 Mine (HIKING ONLY) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    830 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,842 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,842 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,672 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    4,402 ft
  • Distance flat
    706 ft
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